Month: July 2014

Uncle Bens door.

Ever since I was a child I've visited Art galleries.       That's a very long time. I like to study an artist who captures my imagination.  The art of  Marvin D. Cone  1891 – 1965 is one such artist. He was a close friend of grant Wood of American Gothic fame.   Uncle Ben 1951     In this painting, I like the way the colors compete and the strength of the shadows at angles. Now when I take photos I have the image of  Marvin Cone's dramatic angular paintings in mind. Of course the images below are different but its still fun experimenting. Now I keep looking for an 'Uncle Bens door' reflections in the window La Grange 2014         Kansas Art Gallery   window reflection LA 2013   Mexico 2014 India   Related articles Ideas for design. A gem of a day in Santa Fe.  

Musings.

Theres a small blue elephant sitting on my case, he's propped on a Texas hat and a t'shirt that says "hooked on Longhorn" and next to that are some little pink cooking instruments, just what a small girl needs in the kitchen, they are part of the present collection for the Grandies.     Blue Elephant     Two weeks today and I'll be home, but not for long, I have a trip to Tasmania to fit in, two special quilts to finish and send off to H. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself. My class in France in September is sold out so thats exciting  - and  then on to Rome for a special event for the UN at the American Embassy and back to Adelaide the next day for another BIG event…. wooow. That's not even the end of the travel, it begins again in mid October but then Mr Keith will accompany me. Who would have imagined that quilting would take me in this direction? but it is coming to an …

Designing and planning as I travel.

I use my computer a lot to assist me with the design of a quilt. I have a number of apps that change my image into a more defined pattern  to create a fabric image.  For instance, I want to thread paint this picture I took a few days ago. It will be for the  charity auction at Houston. The image is big and graphic and I love the texture and the movement of the opposing lines. I want the image to convey a painterly effect yet recognizing the Texas heritage. The image below is created in Sketchmee a drawing program for the mac. I love this image… but maybe it needs to be traditionally red, white and blue. I think some of the definition in the roof is lost. I love this too but not for this quilt.I would use fine thread, possibly a silk to do it in this method. This is a little more defined and would look interesting, but does it have enough impact…. Not quite.     I like the …

An amazing day.

  Images  It was hot, in fact very hot, but that didn't deter the visitors to the Texas Quilt Museum for the presentation yesterday. Quite a few  people  came to La Grange from long distances.  Houston,   Austin and  San Antonio amongst the many.  There were quilters and people interested in the Bayeux Tapestry in the audience.  We almost ran out of room, but I think everyone was eventually seated.  I was thrilled with the result. My hosts had a wonderful day planned for me prior to the event, but we only managed to accomplish visiting a few places.  In reality, I need a few hours space to prepare for the event ahead. It was a milestone of great  importance.      Inside looking out. If you have the opportunity after or before festival take a trip to La Grange, trust me you will love it. The museum is inspiring, the quilt and yarn shop, the Quilted skein next door is a feast for the eyes. The town is a quaint small Texan town with …

My first visit to Bayeux France.

  Nine years have passed and now I can finally say the completion of my version of the Bayeux Tapestry is imminent. It is sheer delight to be able to share my experiences with others. Its been a long journey, one filled with excitement, sometimes disappointment and wonder but always with enthusiasm. My life from now until its completion will be tied to the project.  Today, I've been reviewing the details in my book and this is a short introduction from my diary on my first visit to Bayeux.   The Bayeux Tapestry It has taken me three days to be able to write this. I’ve had the time, but somehow the feelings were not right. As I write, I’m crossing the very strait of water that 1000’s of Williams soldiers valiantly rowed. The largest of the boats was 50 ft. They carried their provisions, their armory and 100’s of horses. It was an amazing feat. Both crossings that I have encountered have been like a millpond, but their fleet  encountered terrible storms and it …

Fabric shops visiting.

There are two reasons  I visit a quilt shop. To buy fabric for a design already planned and printed or just to visit (generally its with a friend) In the past few days I have had such an opportunity.  The Kaffe Fassett fabrics are  from the Quilted Skein in La Grange Texas, A shop full of the most delightful fabrics and yarn.   Kaffe Fassett fabrics.     I bought for a purpose. The 'paperweight by Rowan ' fabrics are a staple in my stash and to find so many in one place was a bonus. I always buy 'companion' fabrics at the same time. However, I've a list on my computer of fabrics that need to go into my stash and most of the fabrics above were there, missing are three fabrics I've samples of, but haven't come across yet. I keep a record of where I bought the fabric using a business card in the stash and scanned for reference on my computer.   I, personally design on the spot. A legacy from …

My visit to the Texas Quilt Museum this evening

I'm going to review the past week in a future blog…. There is so much to share and so little time. However, I thought I would capture the day in this post. I woke to the view of a huge thunderstorm this morning, it was quite spectacular to watch  as I lay in bed with the luxury of nothing to  write and no time schedule and just watch the tropical storm develop right before my eyes. It then spat out its vengeance with the lightening hitting close by and a deafening thunder cap. I was picked up at 12.00 lunch time and I had a wonderful conversation with my host Marvin all the way to La Grange.   Sunset over the pond tonight.     I'm staying in a beautiful Guest house of my hostess and I have it all to myself which is just wonderful. I got out my portable Bose speaker and cranked up classical music like I do at home and sat down to work just a little. This evening I had …

The Seminar is over, but I saw the art of Grant Wood today.

My buddy Lisa left for New Mexico this morning, the hotel is very quiet with the departure of the team and it's the first time I've been on my own in 4 weeks, but I have another 3 weeks on the road and then I  make the trek  home. There are  lots of little  people that need a hug from Bamma. I have some really exciting things to do in the coming weeks and I'll also have a couple of days of down time. The Ricky Tims Super Seminar was the an energizing experience.  Everyone was so enthusiastic and just plain 'nice' How lucky am I to be in that environment.   We signed hundreds of autographs, had our photos taken with  great people and I get to do it all again over the next few days.  For the participants, suddenly a light goes on,  and I had a lot of people eager to show me their new 'learned' ideas. Trust me, there is nothing sweeter. I was able to catch up on domestic duties today …

Ricky Tims Super Seminar. Whoo hoo.

The past few days have been full of excitement and interest. Can you imagine a room with 320 participants, 4 presenters and lots of helpers all talking about their passion of the art of quilting. There  is so much darn creativity in that room that it's fairly jumping. I would like to say that if you ever get to attend a Ricky Tims super seminar you are in for an amazing treat. He and Alex impart so much knowledge in a short amount of time that it makes your head spin. I have the delight to share some of mine too. Love it, love it, love it. The audience is wonderful and the 'whoo hoos' are getting louder as the days go by. I'm going to be sad to see it end, but I have to put on another hat and attend another couple of amazing events in Houston. I've signed hundreds of autographs, and had my photo taken about the same amount. Love these ladies (and there are also a few men)  There was …